Pleated Skirt Fold

by Becky Roberts

Add a girly pleated fold feature to a card front.


  • Double sided paper (Stampin’ Up!® Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper used here)
  • Scoring tool
  • Adhesive (Snail adhesive used here)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Paper trimmer
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (Stampin’ Up! products used: Birthday Blooms stamp set; Archival Basic Black, Pool Party, Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder, Old Olive and Early Espresso inks; Whisper White and Blushing Bride cardstock, punches (1-3/8” Circle, 1-3/4” Scallop Circle, Bow Builder) Aqua Painter, Pear Pizzazz Stampin’ Write Marker, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Pool Party Glitter Ribbon)


  1. Step 1

    Cut patterned paper to 7 3/4" x 3". On the right side of the paper make a tick mark 1 1/4" down from the top corner with a pencil. Along the bottom of the DSP make a tick mark 3" from the left corner.

  2. For an additional guide, connect those two tick marks with a pencil line. Cut from point to point with a trimmer to create the angle.

  3. Step 2

    Score at 3", 3 1/2", 5" and 6 1/8" along the long (uncut) side.

  4. Step 3

    Fold accordion style on the score lines, back and forth.

  5. The finished folded piece should look like this.

  6. Step 4

    Add some adhesive to the back of each pleat to hold the folds in place.

  7. Step 5

    Add some adhesive to the back of each pleat to hold the folds in place.

  8. Step 6

    Decorate the card as desired.

  9. Step 7

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Pleated Skirt Fold. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Just wondering what size the white card base is.
Deanna M  |  Wed Feb 3, 2016 at 4:38 PM
I posted a pleated skirt fold card about a week before the tutorial was published. How do I get it into the new gallery? I edited my post by doing what I though was required but did not add it to the same "Pleated Skirt Fold" mentioned above. I am not alone - there is one other person who has posted her card next to mine so there are just the two of us lost in Cyberspace... smile
Melanie  |  Thu Feb 4, 2016 at 7:59 AM
I loved making this card. Thank you so much.
millie droste  |  Thu Feb 4, 2016 at 9:41 AM
Becky! Nice tutorial and great job - said you might have been nervous but didn't show on this end. Loved the card and your choices. Will be happy to give it a try.
Lura  |  Thu Feb 4, 2016 at 8:20 PM
Love the kick pleat! Great tutorial!
Lori  |  Fri Feb 5, 2016 at 5:43 AM
Thank you for the fun tutorial. I love this look.
Daria  |  Fri Feb 5, 2016 at 11:56 AM
Love the pleat! Thanks for sharing!
Susanne Gleason  |  Sun Feb 7, 2016 at 9:17 PM
Great tutorial. Love this pleated look.

Here's the card I created!!
shelia  |  Mon Feb 8, 2016 at 10:44 AM
Love the card - can't wait to try the pleat - thanks for posting the tutorial!
Bev Thompson  |  Tue Feb 9, 2016 at 2:31 PM
Very cute card! Thanks for sharing this technique!
Pam  |  Sun Feb 14, 2016 at 6:41 AM
Thanks everyone for your nice comments!
Becky Roberts  |  Sun Feb 14, 2016 at 10:09 AM
I made this card yesterday, actually four of them! Love it! However that being said, I had a small issue with the DSP kind of cracking on the fold. I used Stampin Up paper, so it is a good quality DSP. I tried not to push too hard with the stylus, but it cracked anyway. Any suggestions?
Sylvia Detty  |  Wed Feb 24, 2016 at 7:11 AM

I'm really not sure, I've had that happen occasionally as well. I usually use my scoring blade on my paper cutter for DSP and not the scoring board. I've found that helps.
Becky Roberts  |  Wed Feb 24, 2016 at 7:39 AM
Thanks, Becky. I will try that. I am going to make a few more today. This really makes a beautiful card! Thanks for sharing your talent with us.
Sylvia Detty  |  Wed Feb 24, 2016 at 12:20 PM
Beautiful card & wonderful directions!! Thank you soooo much for sharing!!
J F  |  Fri Mar 11, 2016 at 2:18 PM
Very cute card! Thanks for the tutorial!
Fran Sabad  |  Tue Mar 15, 2016 at 6:33 PM
I really loved making this card. Thanks for sharing.
Virginia  |  Sun Mar 27, 2016 at 7:58 PM
Loved your card so I used your measurements in Cricut Design Space. I prepped 21 cards for my card making club. Made it in some spring papers, some glitter tape and they loved it.
Vesta  |  Tue Jul 19, 2016 at 1:28 AM

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